Prepping for SHTF is a never ending task. There is always something new you can be doing, or learning about. Even the most prepared can improve on their survival plans a little.
Learning new skills for survival is always a good idea, and if you practise frequently, you will be much better prepared when an actual crisis or disaster does occur.
This post is to try and help you get an idea of the skills, and items you should have gathered up to be prepared for any given disaster, but my no means is it a complete list. That list would be endless. This list is rather the essential skills and items you will need for survival in any situation.
3 Things You Should Do Before SHTF
We will start off the list with items you will need to have acquired for a SHTF situation. Remember, this situation ranges from hurricanes, to pandemics, so it is pretty broad.
1. Items to Acquire Before SHTF
While you still have the opportunity, you should gather as many items you can on this list, as each will aid you in some form during a survival situation. When a crisis hits, the first thing to fly off the shelves is usually food and water, followed by batteries. Don’t leave your prepping to the last minute. Gather what you need now, while you have a chance!
- Robust, quality survival knife
- Sharpening Equipment for said knife and axe
- Axe, or hatchet
- Quality backpack
- Gun and ammo
- 1 month minimum food and water
- Off grid cooking equipment (Gas stove, BBQ, charcoal, firewood…)
- Respirator Mask
- Comprehensive First Aid Kit
- Work Gloves
- Maps of your local area
- Battery or Solar Powered Radio
- Solar Charger
- Spare fuel for your vehicle
- Hard wearing boots
- Spare clothes, including underwear
- USB Power Bank
- 2 way radios
- Fishing and hunting gear
- Cooking equipment (Stainless steel water bottle, and pots)
- SAS survival guide
- Toilet roll
- Antibacterial soap
2. Skills to Acquire Before SHTF
Having a well versed set of skills can be more important than having all the tools at your disposal, and not knowing how to use them. You should brush on on your survival skills, and make a point or practising them as often as you can.
- Firestarting with only raw materials i.e wood
- Cooking on an open flame
- Basic First Aid
- Identification of wild edible plants
- Skinning and Butchering
- Tool and Knife sharpening skills
- Learn about natural medicine
3. Things to do Before SHTF
It is advisable to do the following before a SHTF event, as after a crisis, items needed to complete the following jobs may be hard to find.
- Gather and Dry Firewood
- Make a Fire-pit
- Start a Garden or rent and allotment
- Install a rainwater collection system
- Get physically fit
- Go hunting and fishing
- Go camping
This list of skills and items should give you a fighting chance in the case of a SHTF situation. The tools are no use on their own, make sure you know how to use all the tools you acquire, and have confidence using them. The skills you need to learn should also be practised throughly.
The majority of SHTF situations will not require half of the above skills or tools, for example, during a hurricane, you may need basic first aid skills, a med pack, power bank and some food and water. You are not going to have to go hunting for food, nor are you going to need to know how to butcher game. Skills like that will be more useful in a long term SHTF situation, such as a pandemic, or solar flare where the whole country/world is in melt down.